Post University is one of several private schools in the state that's seeing enrollment actually increasing. According to data from the state Office of Higher Education, the for-profit independent school saw enrollment grow by 10.5 percent this year.
Post University President Don Mroz said adult learners enrolled in online programs are responsible for the increase. "They are folks who are already in the workforce, for the most part," he said, "looking for an alternative way to get their education. Many of them have degrees already. We've really seen a huge increase over the years in that online population."
Mroz said most of their graduate programs, specifically MBAs and education, are in demand from students. "For the most part," he said, "in our online programs, [they] either get some tuition assistance from their employers, or, at least, they're making money. We do give some scholarships and grants as well."
Post also has a campus in Waterbury for students in high school. Overall, enrollment was up at other private colleges, but state data shows fewer students enrolled at public colleges and universities. Enrollment at the community colleges also dipped, though community colleges remain the largest public higher education system in Connecticut.